Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) is a colorful representative of the genus Pteroglossus, which contains twelve species of toucanet sized birds that range throughout the neo-tropical lowlands from central Mexico south to southern Brazil and northern Argentina and in one form or another is found in every country save Chile.
The Fiery-billed has the most restricted range of all it’s cousins – limited to the western and southwestern portions of Costa Rica from the Gulf of Nicoya and Orotina in the north and as far east as San Isidro General in the south central area south to northwestern Panama. It’s primary field characteristics are its bright fiery orange bill, which is longer than in most Aracari species and it is also the only aracari whose bill is green at the base. The Fiery-bill also sports a very large horizontal red abdominal stripe set against an otherwise all yellow breast. All in all it is a very striking bird.
Fiery-bills are very shy birds in the wild. No sooner do you spot one and it is gone, making photography difficult. They are usually encountered as singles, or in pairs. Like other aracaris, they roost in communal nests in tree hollows during the non breeding season, where a half dozen or more birds may take refuge. During the breeding season, from January through May, Fiery-bills nest in the same tree hollows and like other Aracari species, engage in helping behavior, wherein several birds assist the parents in feeding their 2-3 young.
Fiery-billed Aracaris are secure in the wild, though their range is small.
They are not listed on CITES